From the slew of breakups that happen every year, we know that celebrity relationships are nothing like the movies. And yet we still love to cling to the fairy tale ending. Maybe because believing that there’s one perfect couple out there gives hope to the rest of us?
Who knows exactly. Obviously, there are plenty of stars whose unhappy endings come and go with minimum fanfare (I mean, do we care who Taylor Swift is breaking up with this week?).
But then there are those other couples. The ones with the “It Factor.” They seem so right together. So happy. Right until they announce they just filed. They’re too busy working, someone slept with the nanny or whatever.
In the end, it’s hard to believe, but celebrities are just as human as the rest of us. But with certain couples that capture our imagination, it’s with a sigh of regret that we hear the news.
Here is a list of famous couples that, for one reason or another, we wished had stayed together.
Adele and Simon Konecki
Hello, it’s over. With all that wistful singing about lost love, it was kind of comforting to know that Adele and her husband had a happy home life.
But for whatever reason (because we never really know what goes on behind the scenes), this cuddly couple is calling it quits.
Hate to say it, but there's an upside. You know she’ll get an album out of it.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck’s reputation has taken a bit of a beating in recent years. Maybe that’s why we yearn for the innocent days when he was still with Jennifer. Um, the Jennifer without the famous booty that is.
I don’t know, maybe it was those beautiful jawlines that made them seem so perfect together. But I guess good bone structure isn’t enough to keep a relationship going.
Apparently, they’re still friends and take family vacations together with their three kids. Maybe that’s the celebrity version of a happy ending?
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
They just seemed so darn cute together. He even used to braid her hair apparently. Yeah, this one hurt.
Did it have to do with the flip in their celebrity status? Over time, Chris’s career overtook Anna’s, and there were rumors of insecurity on her part.
Whatever the case may be, we’re sorry that the former house bunny and her guardian of the galaxy are now living in separate universes.
Anna Camp and Skylar Astin
Like many celebrity couples, these two met on a movie set. Pitch Perfect in this case. Which just seemed, well, kind of perfect.
Obviously, something was out of tune though. After a little more than two years of marriage, they called it quits this year— bye-bye love.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Remember how I said we were sorry for various reasons? We’re not THAT broken up about Gwyneth and Chris. I mean, he’s a musician. She’s a huge actress. That seems to come with a built-in shelf life. And hey, ten years is a good run!
What we’re really sorry about is now having to live with the expression “consciously uncoupling.” Please, pleeeeeease make it go away!!
Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Yeah, they always seemed like kind of an odd couple. But that’s kind of what made it so great. Handsome down to earth good guy meets force of nature Fergie.
Over the course of their eight-year marriage, they always seemed so gushy about each other. But the well-spring dried up, apparently.
Guess opposites only attract for so long.
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Yes, they are still constantly spotted together. But that doesn’t change the fact that Ben and Christine separated back in 2017.
After 18 years of marriage! In Hollywood, that deserves an award. But still, why couldn’t this chummy pair just keep it together? For us, I mean.
Do Hollywood couples never think of our needs? Sigh.
Heidi Klum and Seal
Yes, we know the supermodel/musician combo has only infinitesimal chances of actually working out. But still!
They renewed their vows every year! They threw fabulous parties! We loved them together! Which is why we were all so shocked when it came to an end in 2012 after 10 years of marriage.
With therapy and another decade, we may all get over it.
Courtney Cox and David Arquette
This one was also a collective, “Awww, why?” They’re both so funny. And Friends did that cute title sequence when they added “Arquette” to everybody’s last name on the credits for one episode when they got married,The One After Vegas, to be exact.
I guess the upside is they never had a chance to give another kid what sounds like a dog’s name. Coco? Here girl!
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
We thought the laughs would never end with this pair of comedians. But to our surprise, the comedic duo parted ways after 10 years of marriage. Yeah, kind of a gut punch. Not the funny fake kind.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
We should have known this one was way too good to be true. Rachel and Ryan fell for each while filming the beloved romance, The Notebook.
Fans ate it up when they got together and took it hard when they broke up. Like the one fan who was so mad that she almost slapped Ryan on the street. Geez, settle down.
We know that Ryan is now super happy with soulmate Eva Mendes. So congrats to them. Unfortunately, we’re always going to have The Notebook to remind us what might have been.
Chris Klein and Katie Holmes
A long time ago in a kingdom called LA, American Pie star Chris Klein was engaged to Katie Holmes. They were so cute. But then they broke up— the end.
So very sad. Mainly because Katie then married Tom(Cray-Cray) Cruise and seemed to disappear for a number of years.
We’re glad she’s finally out of marriage jail.
Madonna and Sean Penn
Yes, for those of you not up on your ‘80s pop culture, these two sticks of dynamite used to be a couple.
The bad boy who liked to wail on paparazzi and the ambitious blonde pop star bent on never-ending fame.
Together they could have achieved complete world domination. Well, Madonna did that on her own. Plus, they were both Leo's.
That relationship was doomed to flame out.
Jen and Brad (No Last Names Necessary)
It’s been 15 years since they split, and we still can’t seem to get over it. Yes, it was a heartbreaker when Hollywood’s golden couple called it quits.
We’re so hung up on them that after this year’s Golden Globe, we’re all thinking like a meddling mother. “Hey, you’re single, Brad. You’re single, Jen. Sooooo….”
Obviously, we’re still carrying a torch for this former power couple. And who knows what the future will bring.
At least for now, we still have the other golden couple: Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
Please don’t mess it up guys. I don’t think we can take another breakup of that magnitude.